Union de Mouvement sportive of Loum and Stade Renard of Melong will go head to head in their quest for a first League one glory. It will be a purely Littoral regional Derby, played in the center region.
UMS narrowly beat Dragon 1#nil in their opening Match of the playoffs, and will be eying another win against Stade Renard, which take them closer to their title ambitions.
Stade Renard on their part will be gunning for their first win of the playoffs, after they needed a Nkuissi Thomas equalizer to share the spoils with Apejes last weekend. Coach Aboubakar Souleymanou and his boys will need all three points, to keep their title hopes alive.
HEAD TO HEAD.
The two sides will be meeting for the third time this season, given that they were all in Pool B, during the first phase of the championship. UMS won 2#nil in Loum, thanks to two penalties from Raymond Fotso and Willy Stephane Namedji, but Stade Renard won the return leg in Melong1#0. Sunday’s game will be the seventh direct Confederation between UMS and Stade Renard in the top. In their Last six meetings, both sides have recorded one win win each, with four other games ending in draws.
April 3, 2019 Stade Renard 1#0 UMS
13 February 2019 UMS 2#0 Stade Renard
June 3, 2018 Stade Renard 0#0 UMS
March 7, 2018 UMS 0#0 Stade Renard.
September 13, 2017 Stade Renard 1#1 UMS
May 14, 2017 UMS 0#0 Stade Renard.
UMS has won Six of their 17 League games this season, lost four and drew eight UMS has also scored 13 goals, and conceded nine.
On the side of Stade Renard, they have picked up six wins in 17 games, suffered two defeats and eight draws. Stade Renard counts the best defense in the league with just seven goals conceded, and 11 goals scored. The Melong side is on a nine games unbeaten streak. Stade Renard finished second in Pool B of the championship, during the first phase, with 26 points, four more points that UMS who finished third.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Abanda Koa Nicolas scored UMS lone goal against Dragon last weekend, to take his goal tally this season to two goals. His midfield pairing with Captain Joel Etougue, will be vital against a resilient Stade Renard side.
Raymond Fotso has been on target three times for UMS this season. He missed the game against Dragon last week. Should he return in the team against Stade Renard, it will be a plus for UMS. Also, Cedric Landry Djomo suffered a devastating injury during UMS first game of the playoffs, and it is still to be known is the defense kingpin will return to pair with Bertin Nguemaleu at center back. In his absence, Coach Laurent Djam can turn to Boris Ngosso.
For Stade Renard, they can count on their defense minister, Thomas Nkuissi Legrand. He scored against Apejes last week, and was voted in Kick442.coms team of the week.
Bienvenu Mbith is Stade Renards top scorer, with two goals, and will be looking his first goal of the playoffs. Coach Aboubakar Souleymanou can also count on Former YOSA man, Tamo Giresse Tinwo and Jean Kalvin Sonla Sonla.